Emergency Aid for Students

Whether it’s unexpected car repairs, an increase in child care costs or lost wages because you’re sick or your employer has cut back your hours, sometimes the monthly budget cannot stretch enough to cover everything. Wake Tech does not want such circumstances to interfere with your education, so check with the Care Center to see if emergency aid is available.

Emergency aid comes from different sources, depending on your circumstances:


Wake Tech received Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grant funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplement Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to support eligible students with the costs of attendance or emergency costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It may take up to six weeks to receive payment.

Rally Fund

Overseen by the Wake Tech Foundation, this fund is designed to provide support to hard-working students facing unexpected financial challenges so they have the resources they need to stay in school. Funds also may be available for former students who want to return to complete their education.

Finish Line Grants

State officials created the Finish Line Grant program to ensure that unexpected expenses don't prevent students from completing their community college education. Students who are at least halfway toward a degree or credential can apply for a $1,000 grant that can be put toward tuition and fees or emergency expenses.

Textbooks and course materials

Funding is available for eligible students to purchase course packets, access codes and other resource materials required for courses.

For more information, call 919-866-6111 or email [email protected].